VICTORIAN TEA & ART GRAB When Nora Forman’s children donated 67 of their mother’s paintings to the Kingston School of Art, WAG gallery director Marsha Gormley and long-time art school supporter Gaylan Fitsell came up with a terrific way to showcase Nora’s artwork and at the same time support the school. Inspired by the imagery with an old-world feel, of nature and a few black labs, an idea was born.
Sixty people came and enjoyed a traditional Victorian afternoon tea, and grabbed a piece of art at the same time! This fund raiser for the Kingston School of Art and the Kingston Humane Society featured sixty beautiful paintings by local artist Nora Forman, generously donated by her and her family. As one attendee said, A Victorian Tea: a wonderful event, executed with elegance, purpose, laughter, and joyfulness. An 'Art Grab': ensuring that a lifetime of work found its way to new homes, blessed with the memories surrounding the day it was acquired. Thank you! When asked about how she felt about the event, Gaylan admitted that she became emotional when she considered that the event was a way to support and carry on the legacy of another woman artist. Nora’s paintings were made over the course of three decades. “It was a symbiotic encounter. We all benefitted.” Proceeds from the fundraiser go mainly to the Kingston School of Art with a small portion going to the Kingston Humane Society. ~ origianally written by Ulrike Bender
Our first JURIED EXHIBITION & SALE held in July, was received with great success! Thank you to all who participated: Community Sponsors, Artist's submitting their works and Gallery patrons alike. There hadn't been a juried show in Kingston since 2015. We were very excited to bring it back and even more so to announce we will be doing it again ~ July 2019 ~ keep your eye out for the announcements early in the new year. Remember the Early Bird always gets the reward, so check back in January to see what that may be. Our four winners (First, Second, Third Prizes plus the People's Choice Award) for this year's 2018 Exhibit are displayed on this page, please click on each image for a full and enlarged view ... Congratulations to all of you, including the honourable mentions which are listed below. A juried show provides professional development and support to artists, since the artwork to be displayed is selected by a panel of judges and prizes are awarded to the top entries. This type of exhibition also provides artists with exposure and an opportunity to sell their work to the public. Sponsorship gives community members be they individuals or a business, a way of contributing, to give back to their neighbourhood. Go to About Us for information on our non-profit status and our mission statement. For more details about this wonderful event click on KSOA BLOG in the main menu and go to, "THE JURY IS IN: A SUCCESSFUL BLEND OF STYLES, MEDIA AND SKILL" ... a review of the Exhibition written by our very own blogger, Ulrike Bender.
Teri Wing 1st Prize for "Pink"
Danielle Ouellet 2nd Prize for "Intuition #1"
Alex Jack 3rd Prize for "Marsh, Rocky Hillside and Overcast"
Carolyn Huff Winters People's Choice Award for "Morning Has Broken"
Honourable Mentions Went To ... click on images shown in order, listed below from left to right > Gary Barnett for "Essence of Pearl" Phileen Dickenson for "Domestic Arrangements Studies x4" Ian Kennedy for "Nobby, Plod & Goblins" Jane Hamilton-Khaan for "Abstract Poppies" Sylvia Naylor for "Edge of The Marshes” Danielle Ouellet for "Reflet Vert" Liz Rappaport for "Colour Dance #3" Nancy Steele for "Maggie" Terri Wing for "Sisters"